Places to Rent a GPS
A lot of readers have written in asking about places to rent a GPS for a summer trip, so I thought I would compile a list of them for you to take a look at. Generally the prices are reasonable, and often include shipping labels for the return. With the prices running what they are, you may consider renting for shorter times, and anything over a two-week period; you should consider buying a unit. There are a lot of low priced, high quality units that give you the option to sell the thing if you find that you aren’t using it after your trip.
Below is a list of the offerings:
GPS4Rent.com - They offer TomTom ONE - $36/3 days, Garmin C550 - $42/3 days, Magellan 4040 - $45/3 days, and the Garmin Nuvi $45/3 days. Prepaid labels for the return and they don't offer a buffer day to learn about the device. They do offer US, Euro, Motorcycle and Hiking units for rent.
GPSRent.com - They offer a Garmin C330 - $69/wk, TomTom GO 70 - $69/wk. They do offer a day or two for you to learn the unit, and they pre-pay the return shipment. They offer units with European maps pre-loaded.
GPSRentals.biz - They offer the Garmin C330 - $48/wk but you pay the return shipping. They offer a buffer of a day or two before your trip to learn the unit.
LowerGear.com - Offer many units, including the Magellan RoadMate 2000 - $39/3 days. They offer a return shipping label.
Many of these sites will offer to sell you the unit if you want to buy it, sometimes as a discount. Of course this is an easy way to offload a used GPS on you. Read all of the fine print at these sites, because as with any rental contract, there's always a good reason to watch what you are signing up for.
Finally, remember, for these prices, if you are considering renting for more than 2 weeks, consider buying the unit. If you really don't want the unit, then sell it on eBay for a small loss.
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Posted by Scott Martin at July 3, 2007 8:30 AM